Adalyn was born April 28, 2013 at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. After what seemed like a textbook-perfect labor and delivery, her family knew something was wrong when they did not hear her cry. After rushing her out, Adalyn’s doctor discovered she had a condition called VACTERL, a disorder that affects many body systems, including her heart, lungs, esophagus, kidneys, bladder, and her bottom. Her parents were told that their new baby might not survive.

At only 12 hours old, Adalyn endured a lifesaving surgery to fix her the abnormal connection between her esophagus and trachea and to receive a colostomy bag.  Adalyn remained in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for three weeks. Following her release, she struggled to develop properly and stay healthy. At six months old, she was diagnosed with pneumonia and spent even more time in the hospital, where she lost the ability to eat and was fitted with a feeding tube. Her parents learned during this time that she had motility issues from her esophagus down to her intestines.

Today, however, Adalyn is thriving thanks to the numerous operations and procedures she has received from her specialists here at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger! She will soon receive heart surgery to make her an even healthier, happier girl. Her mother says, “Despite all that is against her, she is a bright, determined little girl who sees the good in everyone and everything. Her love for life and people are a continuous reminder to her daddy and I that miracles still exist.”